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Old December 14 2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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The X-Files - First Time Watching

Just curious, who are fans of The X-Files here. It was quite a popular show in the 90s but I don't see it talked much here. Another reason I ask is because, just completely random, I started watching the show on Netflix this week. I had seen the occasional episode and watched the first movie, but I had never seen the series as a whole.

I think I'm going to keep going with it. I really liked the first two episodes I watched and there's still 9 more seasons to go. Not sure if this will be a review thread, but I'll post thoughts from time to time. Still, is the show as great and creative as I've heard and is anyone also doing a rewatch?
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Old December 14 2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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I rewatched it when Netflix first added it to their streaming service a few years ago. I've always loved The X-Files.
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Old December 14 2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

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I think I'm going to keep going with it. I really liked the first two episodes I watched and there's still 9 more seasons to go. Not sure if this will be a review thread, but I'll post thoughts from time to time. Still, is the show as great and creative as I've heard and is anyone also doing a rewatch?
Glad to hear you are liking it so far
I am currently re-watching the show myself from DVD( not my first time though, this has good replay value)
It is a great show, then and still now. My one my favorite shows for sure. The show has interesting characters, good cast, mysterious stories(well written), great music, and very unique atmosphere.
Most fans consider seasons 1-5 to be the best of the show, but I would recommend watching all of it, cause there are good episodes in the later seasons also.

Same ppl claim that the show has dated too much. I do not think that is the case. Yes the cellphones are bigger and computers look dated..but story wise it still holds it place very well and so on.
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Old December 14 2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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I got to the series late durin' its run on Fox.

I keep thinkin' about doin' a rewatch since its on Netflix, though, since I still haven't seen it all the way through.
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Old December 14 2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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I watched it sporadically throughout. When they had the big X-Files summary episode that was supposed to help people catch up, I started watching more regularly, but I stopped after Mulder left. Then I caught a handful of episodes and the finale.

I almost always enjoyed the show, but I clearly missed a lot of it (both good and bad). I think revisiting it is worthwhile so I wish you the best of luck.
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Old December 14 2013, 05:16 PM   #6
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It's one of the few shows where the stand alone episodes are better than the plot episodes.
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Old December 14 2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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Re: The X-Files - First Time Watching

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I think I'm going to keep going with it. I really liked the first two episodes I watched and there's still 9 more seasons to go. Not sure if this will be a review thread, but I'll post thoughts from time to time. Still, is the show as great and creative as I've heard and is anyone also doing a rewatch?

Same ppl claim that the show has dated too much. I do not think that is the case. Yes the cellphones are bigger and computers look dated..but story wise it still holds it place very well and so on.
The only thing I haven't liked so far is Gillian Anderson's acting. Yeah I'm only 3 episodes in and I think it gets better, but now it's really quite wooden. I guess it goes with the territory of being a new show.
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Old December 14 2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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It's an excellent and very addictive series, I've seen it twice all teh way though on DVD and most two discs at a time.
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Old December 15 2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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It's one of the few shows where the stand alone episodes are better than the plot episodes.
I was under the impression that most of it was standalone. Yeah you have a bit of an overarching story, but it worked like Farscape (In the first two seasons) and DS9, where you had the arc, but it was more subtle in favor of a more episodic nature.
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Old December 15 2013, 10:48 AM   #10
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I always loved when they would include some joke/crack about Mulder's liking of porn because at the same time David was doing X-files he was doing Red Shoe Diaries on Showtime. Being a fan of and watching both, I always found that inside joke funny.
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Old December 15 2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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The wife and I are also doing a rewatch. Just finished season 3, and took a break when the new TV season started up again. We still love it, although I'm reminded of how tedious the "mythology" episodes can get. I still think it was at its best with its monster/mystery of the week eps.
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Old December 15 2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Ha, ha, I thought about rewatching The X-Files a few days ago. I always loved it and it's true, it gets addictive. Maybe not as much as Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but I remember that I always tried to keep the evening free when it was on TV. But IMHO The X-Files should have ended after season 6. I didn't enjoy the later seasons so much. When "The X-Files" aired for the first time, the show hit a nerve somehow with all the conspiracy talk. Also, the two main characters are great together. I bet no one predicted what a huge success it would become.
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Old December 15 2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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Yeah, I started watching it again recently cos I caught some reruns. I remember it getting steadily better until around season 5/6 then declining over season 7, and I gave up thereafter...
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Old December 15 2013, 06:22 PM   #14
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And Gillian Anderson gets much better as it goes along.
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Old December 15 2013, 06:26 PM   #15
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Season 7 & 9 are clearly a step down from early years, but I think season 8 might actually be the best year of the show. It was certainly my favorite.
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